Fallbrook High School’s girls cross country team preceded Valley League competition with grade-level invitational meets, and one Fallbrook girl received a medal in each of the final two meets.
Gisselle Rivera finished 22nd in the senior race of the Sept. 16 Mount Carmel/ASICS Cross-Country Invitational meet. Hannah Diverde, who did not run Sept. 16, competed in the Sept. 23 Dana Hills Invitational junior race and finished 25th. The top 40 finishers in each Mount Carmel/ASICS Cross-Country Invitational race and the top 30 finishers in each Dana Hills Invitational race were given medals.
The Mount Carmel/ASICS Cross-Country Invitational is held on the Morley Field course in San Diego.
“It’s challenging, especially if you don’t really know it,” said co-coach Lisa Hasvold.
Three of Fallbrook’s 11 runners were competing in their first-ever high school cross-country race Sept. 16. Four other Fallbrook runners made their high school debuts Sept. 9 at the Laguna Hills Invitational.
“These girls, they’re brand spanking new to running,” said Hasvold.
The Morley Field course is 2.7 miles for the Mount Carmel/ASICS Cross-Country Invitational.
“We had some good showings on this one,” said Hasvold. “They did great on the hills.”
The Warriors had no team scores as team scores require a minimum of five runners in a race. Rivera’s time of 18:02 led Fallbrook’s four seniors. Iman Saadat posted a time of 19:37 for 51st place; Shyloh Roque had the 98th-place time of 24:08, and Jacqueline Banian made her cross-country debut, placing 101st with a time of 24:29.
The only Fallbrook runner in the junior race was Katie Hutzler, whose time of 21:42 gave her 96th place.
Riley Barrios was 66th in the sophomore race with a time of 20:09 while the cross-country debut of Veronica Diaz produced an 80th-place finish and a time of 21:01. Galilea Medina completed the freshman race in 21:28 for 49th place; Erica Rodas ran her first high school race and placed 119th at 24:35; Sophia Bachman took 121st place for her 24:53 performance, and a time of 24:58 gave Zuszeth Montiel 124th place.
The Dana Hills Invitational course is 3.0 miles.
“It’s basically on concrete,” said Hasvold. “It’s flat. It’s fast. It’s not your typical cross-country course.”
That makes time comparisons with other courses irrelevant.
“It’s a good sharpening race,” Hasvold said.
Diverde had a time of 19:34. Jessica Wilbert placed 87th in the junior race with a time of 21:57. Hutzler completed the course in 22:38 for 101st place.
The team score of Fallbrook’s freshmen placed them 15th among the 16 full teams in their race. Jade Kennedy obtained 58th place and had a time of 21:33. Iselah Cabello had the 62nd-place time of 21:41. Amairani Sanabria had a time of 22:53 for 113th place. Montiel became the 172nd finisher 25:00 after the start of the race. Rodas took 181st place and posted a time of 25:35.
Barrios was the fastest of Fallbrook’s three runners in the sophomore race with a time of 21:40, which gave her 82nd place. Maya Rink had a time of 23:00 and was the 121st runner across the finish line. Alicia Bazan posted a time of 25:28 for 167th place.
Rivera settled for 95th place in the senior race after completing the course in 19:18. Saadat placed 140th at 21:16. Lucy Larson finished in 24:22 for 192nd place.